Including a sophisticated canapé that takes 10 minutes.

By Betty Gold
Updated March 25, 2020

Canned tuna has come a long way since the mayo-laden sandwiches of our youth. Look for great-tasting, sustainably caught tuna right at your local grocery store—no special ordering necessary. Check the label for “pole and line caught” (or “pole caught”) and the blue Marine Stewardship Council seal, two good signs you’ve chosen an environmentally friendly variety. Then toss together one of these easy-to-make recipes—we've included a main, a side, and an appetizer—that are all protein- and flavor-packed.

Greg DuPree

You’ll be making this riff on a tuna Nicoise all year long. Use whatever short pasta shape you prefer. If you’re using oil-packed tuna, be sure to drizzle some of the flavorful oil over the salad.

Get the recipe: Tuna-Orecchiette Salad

Greg DuPree

Whip up these easy tuna cakes when you’re in need of some quick protein. Serve them on a bed of crunchy greens or atop a toasted bun.

Get the recipe: Tuna Cakes With Rémoulade

Greg DuPree

A sophisticated canapé from a can of tuna? You bet. Salty with capers and cream cheese, these toasts are as good for entertaining as they are for solo breakfasts eaten over the sink.

Get the recipe: Pumpernickel and Tuna Toasts